That lyrics aren't poetry doesn't necessarily disqualify them as being literature. Is "the scientific literature" (a term used on a regular basis in my field) literature? Well, yes and no. I know I'm biased, but that doesn't necessarily disqualify me from having a legitimate opinion.As for Bob Dylan's lyrics being literature, no comment.
You know Dylan better than I do, but "The Times They are a-Changing" must have had a pretty big blip on the earthquake scale. Though I love many other Dylan songs, that one puts a nail in the coffin for the 1950s Daddy/Daughter relationship. I say daughter/daddy because I assume the father/son relationship was already strained.It's because what Dylan did in '65-'66 was yet to be taken seriously. It was a kid's game, not a grown-up game; for better for for worse. And, at the end of the day, as mjp would likely state (if I understand his position well enough to state that), R&R is a kid's game, or a teenager's realm, for the most part. I have lost interest in much of what I listened to when I was a teenager, but not all of it. Some of it transcends the simple genre of R&R.
"Bringing It All Back Home" is one of his greatest albums just like "Blonde On Blonde". Of his later albums I like "Time Out Of Mind" the best.I feel like a Marvel Super Hero when I'm Driving through the streets of my one horse town listening to Bringing It All Back Home. :DD
At my age, i don't stand firm on anything. The reason for that is that my opinion has changed on so many things that i firmly believed. As for Bob, i am happy for me too. I most likely learned how to speak English trying to figure out what he was talking about. I thought that i was winning a little. My family thought that i was listening to cracker jack music in comparaison to Guy Lombardo and Mantovani.Both of you guys have made good posts here (I'm not a fan of Shakespeare, but in using him as an example, you make a really compelling point that changes my view). I can admit when I'm wrong. And of course he deserves more than a fucking cracker jack whistle. Bob Dylan is one of biggest stand-alone icons there is. So, I'm not standing firm on my original ground. But I don't subscribe to the "cult of the book." I wasn't implying that, and if I did, I didn't mean to. I take back what I said about it not being literature. Sure, it's literature. And yes, it was some of the most influential literature of our time. So yeah, okay, give him an award, and not a whistle - a Nobel Prize. Happy?
Neither did I, my absolute first reaction was, What? aren't there any proper writers out there, who've been slogging away for years, in need of a bloody good medal! then I persuaded myself too, his body of work is just as vocational and a damn sight more influential than some recipients. But I don't think there is a right or wrong to this, just different points of view.[... So, I'm not standing firm on my original ground...]